Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Where I Put My Face On


If you invited me over for dinner, I'd be intensely curious about your makeup and skincare collection, and I'd have to reign myself in from peeking inside your medicine cabinet. I have always enjoyed magazine articles that show what's inside the makeup artist's or editor's bag. I equally enjoy blog articles that provide glimpse into the author's secret world.

In the interest of quid pro quo, I thought I'd provide a peek into my "tart it up" station, which sits in the southwest corner of my house and gets wonderful afternoon light: It's here that I apply makeup, pluck eyebrows, scrutinize the condition of my skin, and style my hair.



The following photos represent the bulk of my beauty contents, though some spillover items reside in a tiny train case called Purgatory.  That case holds almost-never used items that should be binned, swapped, or sold--yet I keep them around because what if I needed one of them again? I hope I am not the only person on the planet who repurchased an identical item because of Swapper's/Tosser's Remorse™. Even more silly is my new obsession with retaining empty boxes in which the item was packaged. You can see my bag of boxes in the corner in the first photo. What sad and lonely feng shui is all that emptiness, and in my Wealth corner, to boot ;)

But without further ado, here are my beauty products. It might seem like a lot, but by beauty blogger standards ... not so much.

Top drawer of tiny organizer meant to store paper
Bottom drawer
Spinning 5-compartment office supplies holder that I use for tall skinny things,
such as brushes, tools, and tubes of things
Goodies stashed in a mint julep cup at left
To the right: Lip glosses I find pretty but never use because ... (see lip gloss article)
The workhorse brushes (others are in a different compartment in this lazy Susan)
Favorite fragrances in front of a lamp I made 
using decades of sea glass collected at the cottage
The grab bowl
Other items (I made those Nantucket Lightship baskets, under my father's guidance)

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into an area few besides I ever see.

34 comments:

  1. Thank you for the peek into your setup. That was so much fun!!! I love the sea glass lamp. That is so pretty. What do you mean you made those baskets!? They are so cute!

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  2. PP, my father is an artisan (his baskets are sold at Orvis, Shaker Workshop, etc) who spent a year living in Nantucket learning how to make Nantucket Lightship Baskets from master artisans. He uses cruelty-free (or faux) ivory and does his own scrimshaw. How could I *not* learn! My stuff is wimpy compared to his. :)

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  3. You are so talented; those baskets are lovely. I like your space too; it's uncluttered, organized and pretty.

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  4. Love your blog. Love this post. Thanks, Zuzu

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  5. Great post! I really enjoy looking into other peoples storage and vanities too. Yours looks lovely, everything's so neat and organised. I really like the spinning office supplies holder, I've been looking for something similar for a while now but I can't seem to find anything here in the UK. The baskets are lovely too and I'm in love with the your mirror!

    Also, really glad to hear someone else keeps empty boxes :) I thought I was the only one! I have a large bag full of them too and I just can't bring myself to throw them away for some reason.

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  6. Everything looks so neat! I love the tiny file cabinet idea! I've yet to come up with a storage solution. Maybe an entire room redesign is in order.

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  7. WOW, I want your makeup collection!

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  8. What a fun post!!! I love your makeup collection! How do you like the EB glosses?

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  9. Ammie, thanks.

    Hi, SueP!!

    Nat, thanks very much. I bought those office supplies from Pottery Barn. I was happily surprised at how sturdy they were!

    Liz, of course I neatened up for the photo. Hee. It's not usually messy, but things are often a bit more scattered. For storage, I can't recommend Ikea enough. They have options for everything, including bins that fit neatly inside drawers, so lipsticks and glosses aren't tumbling around.

    Vinty, thanks! You might consider looking into Chantecaille. It's cruelty free, and they have many philanthropic endeavors. Right now there's a GWP for the whales.

    Dr Delicious, thanks much! I am torn on the EB glosses. I like the older formula, but the new packaging makes it tougher to get product out of the tube. If you click the Edward Bess label, you'll see my reviews for French Lace and Amor. I haven't reviewed Nude Satin or Bare Rose or Warm Flame, but I like them better than the trio that came out for Holiday 2010.

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  10. Lovely to see your working stash! I love the Nantucket baskets and that you made them!

    I have some white cabinets that resemble yours but mine have 3 drawers. I got mine from Michael's Arts and Crafts.

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  11. Wow that is a GORGEOUS setup. Mine is overflowing, and not very well thought out.

    Thanks for the ideas!

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  12. Jeanie, three drawers would be even better! What I didn't show in pictures is the Ikea Alex, a monstrous cabinet on casters that holds it ALL. Of course, now that I rediscovered Ikea, I'll never pay robbery prices at Pooty Barn again!

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  13. Jen, thanks! By the middle of next week, it will be a Makeup Pit again. I like to think I live in organized chaos.

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  14. He he he- Mr. M calls it the *pit* too! OMG!

    Incidentally, today I ordered two QVC Lori Grenier lazy susan organizers for my *table* upstairs. I'm weird, I do my face stuff in the bathroom (cleansing, toning, moisturizing, foundation, powder and cheeks)and the eyes, lips, hair removal and finishing touches upstairs in front of the window with my 10X mirror. I love Ikea but it's 400+ miles away!

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  15. geez! you are so well organized! I just put on my face wherever I can, no wonder I get strange looks when I walk out the door!

    Dammit, I need to go to IKEA!

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  16. Literally 400 miles? Eek. Jeanie, one of the members on the EDB forum reviewed the Grenier organizer with pictures. Check it out when you get a mo.

    Olivia, you're such a liar! If that's you modeling Julie Hewett lipstick, then you are perfect in every way. Even with that third eye. Oh, wait, that's me.

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  17. love that rotating container for brushes and lipglosses!

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  18. I love this look into your life. I've never been that neat. I'd neat a cleaning crew to come for a day to make mine like this neat. I can certainly tell which brands you like by your pictures.

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  19. I loved this post! I think this was my favorite post (which is saying a lot) of yours because I'm a voyeur too! I love the rotating organizer how cool is that? I also should do a separate post on my perfume collection - you've inspired me! Thanks for dusting too. ;)

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  20. Fantastic post! Love that you made those baskets!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  21. Aaah, a peak at Zuzu's vanity table. Everything's so neat and I like that you used a julep cup for the Ellis Faas pens. They go very well together. And WOW, you made those pretty baskets?!? They certainly don't look wimpy (as you called them in a comment above)!

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  22. Hello! I'm new to your blog, and have been really enjoying your posts! This set up looks so neat and organized, love it. My favorite thing was the rotating organizer-- genuissss!!! :) Oh and I share your love of all things Chantecaille!! I've been *obsessed* with the the brand recently, it happened one afternoon when I was trying to escape the zoo that was the beauty level at Bloomies: the Chante counter was so calm and inviting looking.. an Olivia palette and Rose Gold shadow later I was hooked!!!
    Look forward to reading more from you!
    xx

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  23. It was fun to look at how you arrange your makeup. It makes me wish I could jump right in and play with all those wonderful products.

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  24. Marcia, I'm really not that neat, but clutter makes me have the heaves, so I shove everything out of sight. It's what you can't see that is scary!

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  25. Jenn, thanks! What a nice thing to say. I know what you mean, though. I really love when bloggers post pictures of their inner sanctum (still waiting for Karla's and Sabrina's) and really liked trying to make out everything inside your clear cube storage. I'd love to read about your perfume collection.

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  26. t, thanks. My husband, who shocks me by reading most of my posts, disparaged me for bragging about the baskets. Hee. Oh, well, I like pretty things, and if I can make them, even better!

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  27. Witoxicity, thanks. I would love a peek into your area. How about your closet! You have such gorgeous things I'd love to see them all.

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  28. Lakshmi, hello, I am so happy you stopped by. I am thrilled to share a love of Chantecaille with anyone! I don't understand why it sells itself so quietly when it has so many gorgeous things to offer.

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  29. Dain, nice to meet you and thank you for your kind words. I just took a peek at your blog and cannot wait to read more!

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  30. what brand and where did you buy your makeup brush holder ( five compartment office supply holder?)

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  31. Anonymous, those items are from Pottery Barn's Bedford Collection in white. I bought the Lazy Susan for my brushes and the two-drawer paper organizer to hold oversized compacts and other miscellaneous.

    http://bit.ly/uuRvA9

    I finally got organized a month after this post and consolidated all my makeup in one location--in the Ikea Alex.

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  32. I know it's been about 4 years since you posted this article but I must know where or what store/wesite did you find the white 'Spinning Organizer' that would really be great to hold a large collection of make up brushes!

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    1. Pottery Barn makes it! Even better, their Bedford Desk Accessories are still available because I bought one as a gift this past Christmas. Search potterybarn.com for "Bedford Lazy Susan." It comes in black, espresso, and antique white. The "file cabinet" that the spinny-thing is sitting on is their Bedford Two-Drawer Paper Organizer. I love both, and they still look as good as new.

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